Two-Ingredient Bulgogi Beef Jerky

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Last updated June 27, 2018

Making beef jerky doesn’t have to be hard. With the help of your butcher and two ingredients, you could be enjoying bulgogi beef jerky tomorrow.

hand holding beef jerky against gray background

The basics to beef jerky include using beef that is sliced very thin and a good marinade.

For the beef, I use eye of round. It has slight marbling for flavor, but not so much that fat gets in the way of the jerky’s beefiness. You can slice it yourself, especially if you have a meat slicer. It slices best when it’s partially frozen. Or, you can ask your butcher to slice it. They’ll take care of it for you while you shop for everything else.

bottle of sauce with pink label next to sliced beef

While I was roaming the store, waiting for my beef, I knew I wanted to make bulgogi jerky, but I planned to make my own bulgogi marinade. Then, I came across a pre-made marinade called “We Rub You.” I thought the name was cute and the ingredients sounded good, so I decided to take a shortcut with this recipe.

You’ve probably had teriyaki beef jerky. It’s made with – wait for it – a teriyaki marinade. Bulgogi marinade is really similar but has the addition of apples and sesame.

The marinade comes in plain or spicy and is made with soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, onion, garlic, apple juice, spices and sesame seeds. Those are basically all the ingredients in my sauce. The spicy version has a ground red pepper for a little kick.

I recommend going with the spicy. When making jerky, you need powerful, concentrated flavors to end up with a savory bite. My mother-in-law, who can’t eat spicy foods, loved this jerky.

The process is so easy. You place the sliced beef in a zip-top bag, pour in the bottle, seal and massage. Then, refrigerate overnight.

bag of sliced beef covered with red sauce on gray table

The next morning, pat the jerky dry and place it on cookie racks on a 180F-degree smoker. Smoke it for about 4 hours. I usually check it at the 3-hour mark. Some of the thinner pieces may be done by that time. You want the jerky to be firm with a little chew.

One other thing that’s cool about this sauce is that the company donates 10% of its profits to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking. This company is also owned by two women – Ann and Janet Chung #GirlPower.

hand holding beef jerky against gray background

Bulgogi Beef Jerky

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: beef, bulgogi, jerky
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 12 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 180 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Making beef jerky doesn't have to be hard. With the help of your butcher and two ingredients, you could be enjoying bulgogi beef jerky tomorrow.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Ask your butcher to slice the eye of round against the grain into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick slices.

  2. Place the meat in a zip-top bag. Pour in the marinade. Seal tight and massage the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate overnight.

  3. Heat the smoker to 180 F degrees.

  4. Arrange the beef onto wire racks. Place the racks onto the smoker and smoke for 3-4 hours.

Tips

Thicker slices may take up to 5 hours to smoke, while thinner slices may be done in 3 hours.

When you pick up the slices, you want them to be stiff. If they bend, they need more time.

Refrigerate for up to one week.

Nutrition Facts
Bulgogi Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 1049mg 44%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g 48%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

By |2018-06-27T08:04:25+00:00February 14, 2018|

2 Comments

  1. Ed March 2, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Do you smoke this at all? If you do what wood do you recommend?

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christie March 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Yes. It is smoked. I recommend hickory, pecan or maple wood.

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